Gilbert Yvel (Pictures) has injured his left calf and will not be fighting Alistair Overeem (Pictures) on Saturday at the K-1 World Grand Prix in Amsterdam.
"Last Thursday during a training session with ‘Cro Cop,' I suffered an injury which was diagnosed as torn muscle fiber in the hospital," Yvel explained Thursday at a news conference. "Even after two days of absolute rest and with lots of ice on the leg, I was barely able to stand on my left foot."
The 31-year-old muay Thai expert continued: "On Tuesday I saw a second specialist who told me that I would not even be able to fight with painkillers. As I am a solid 258 pounds right now, the risk was simply too high to compete because of the danger of the muscle tearing completely. This is why I will unfortunately have to disappoint you and cancel the fight." Link